I have had several people ask me the cost of trekking, so this time I kept track.

Prices in Nepal Rupees at about $1 = R78.  US Dollar total at the bottom.

Day Location Rooms Meals Water/liter H20 Cost Transportation Extras  - ITEMS Cost Porter
2 &3 Kathmandu 4420       300 Trekking Permits 2575  
3 Kathmandu 4420       2000 Another Park permit 250  
4 Back to get new boots         1900 Boots 4200  
3&4 Mulkarka 1200 600 40 200        
5 Chisopani 500 365 60 180        
6 Thankuni Bhanjyang 300 1070 60 180   Food high - rum & pizza    
7 Chipling? 200 200 80 320        
8 Golphy Bhaniyang 300 200 60 60        
9 Mtn View Lodge * 400 720 100 200   rum again!    
10 Mangenoth - Greenview 400 1890 130 260   rum again!    
11 Thadepati 200 400 130 390        
12 Ghopte 300 800 150 450        
13 Lower Base Camp 300 250 150 430        
14 Upper Base Camp 500 300 200 200        
15 Gosaikunda 600 430 250 500        
16 Hotel Mtn Rest 600 0 0          
17 Laurenbing 600 230 130 130       14750
18 Red Panda 650 960 120 480   a little rum    
19 Lama 600 0 120 120       1000
20 Bamboo 300              
21 Bamboo 300 1490 100 500        
22 Lankgtang View 200 200 150 300   Bill party his bill R5000    
23 Superview 500 180 120 240        
24 Khangjim 100 350 110 330        
25 Shyaphru 500 1930 60 120       6500
26 Kathmandu 4420       5000      
27 Kathmandu 4420         Internet in room 1245  
28 Kathmandu 4420         New Boots for Brian   2900
29           400      
  SUBTOTALS 31,650 12,565   5,590 9,300   8,270 25,150
                   
  TOTAL R 92,525              
  TOTAL $$ $1,186.22              

 

NOTES:
 
  • On the trail I ate one meal a day in the afternoon after finishing for the day.  Average meal was between R200 and R350. Almost always a plate of fried rice or noodles. Sometimes with veggies, egg, yak cheese or a combo.  A few times I had a glass of tea. The bills over that usually involved rum & pizza.  Three days I didn't eat any food for different reasons, but one day (#24) I did have a San Miguel Beer for R350.

    • The average trekker spends much more on food. They eat 3 meals a day, pots of tea and spend hours waiting for food. Lunch for a group of 4 usually takes 1.5 to 2 hours.

    • I didn't track the meals in Kathmandu, but we usually spent about R1200 each at Rum Doodle or Everest Steak House.

  • The large transportation fees at the beginning to end reflect 50% of the cost of a private car. One additional trekker might fit in most vehicles cutting to cost more, but a guy and another porter might increase the cost for a bigger vehicle.

  • Does not include air fare from Bangkok to Kathmandu. Thai business class is currently about $1000 R/T.

  • Yeah, we were environmental pigs and used bottled mineral water which does get more expensive the further you are from a road. The locals do reuse the bottles quite a bit and I had enough water treatment pills in the military.  You could save about $80-100 if you use water treatment pills.